The Books I Read in December

With all the business of the holiday season going on, I didn’t get much actual reading time in, but got in some audio books while I traveled and did other things. Audio books are my jam for making the time pass while cooking dinner or folding laundry.

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Here are the books I listened to and read.

Enjoy the View by Sarah Morgenthaler, Moose Springs Book 3

This is a fun little series exploring and expounding on a group of male friends who live in Moose Springs, Alaska, and the women who come into and turn their lives upside down. Book 3 is about Easton Lockett, friend of Graham from book 1, and River, an actress turned film director. River is trying to film a documentary and Easton gets pulled into the project merely by being his usual nice guy self, offering her a ride when he spots her walking down the road with a suitcase. Later his company is contracted to take her and her crew up Mount Veil. A storm threatens everyone’s safety but intensifies the relationship building between the two. Listened on Scribd/ 4 stars

The Apology Project by Jeanette Esudero

Amelia Montgomery, a prominent litigator in Chicago is fired for not compromising her principles in a high-profile case and then punching her partner in the nose for the comment he made in retort (not her finest moment).

She throws herself a fortieth birthday party: no one comes except for John Ellis, a total stranger and the new associate at her ex-firm. After too much champagne with John, Amelia vows to apologize to everyone she has wronged in the past. She makes a list and sets out on an uncomfortable but life changing project. Given that she has free time, she is also researching her father’s unknown biological family and there is a story there within the story. And there’s a love story in here too. I started out not liking Amelia but was cheering for her by the end. I read and listened on Kindle Unlimited. 4 stars

Christmas in Peachtree Bluff by Kristy Woodson Harvey– I read and loved the Peachtree Bluff series (included in my top 21 of 2021), so why not read the Christmas edition in the series during December? It was just as good as the rest of the series. A hurricane is coming to Peachtree Bluff following Thanksgiving, Caroline is following through on her divorce and Vivi, now a teenager, is acting out. Each sister has her own little storm to deal with. Listened on Scribd/ 5 stars

Blue Christmas (Weezie and Bebe Mysteries #3) by Mary Kay Andrews  This books bring a smile to my face. Maybe it’s the spot on description of an area near where I live and visit or the quirky southern characters, but I love this series too. “ It’s the week before Christmas, and antiques dealer Weezie Foley is in a frenzy to do up her shop for the Savannah historical district window decorating contest–which she intends to win” But then things disappear from her display and she has to throw together an Elvis theme Blue Christmas display at the last minute. She also continues to have a late night visitor, a homeless woman unknown to her. It’s quite a shock who the woman turns out to be but I won’t spoil it. This book is funny and entertaining and delves into some serious family issues. Listened via Audible/ 4 stars

Christmas Bliss Weezie and Bebe #4 Weezie is planning a Christmas wedding and Bebe is secretly trying to get out of a marriage she thought she was already out of. Also funny and entertaining. Listened on Scribd/ 4 stars

Success Affirmations: 52 Weeks for Living a Passionate and Purposeful Life by Jack Canfield– I read this on Scribd, one chapter per week during 2021. I wrote the affirmations out on a card each week and kept them on my desk. There is some insightful information in this book, but I can’t say it helped or changed anything for me because some weeks I just didn’t focus on the weekly affirmation. It does validate some other things I’ve read other places about success and achieving goals, so if you are looking to be more purposeful and successful, this would be a good book to consider. You can read it one week at the time, or straight through. 3 stars

I hope you got in some great reading last month and I can’t wait to read about the books you recommend. Linking up with Show Us Your Books.

What are your reading goals for 2022? I set a goal of 60 and read 74 books last year. I’m setting the goal even lower this year because I have several physical books I want to read and those go slowly for me. I still have some other things to complete as well so I’m going with a goal of 50 books for this year.